Remembering Koko – Our Week of Memories

Hey It’s Jet Here.

A year ago today, Koko, our golden girl crossed OTRB.  She was the inspiration for my blog because both Mom and I needed a pick-me-up.  We did not begin posting until Halloween, as we were mired (vocab building project VBP) in sadness for quite some time.  Join us this week for our tribute to Koko, Mom’s first ever K9 and my first ever K9 sister (I think!).

Mom spent lots of time in her teen years finding ways to visit her Aunt and Uncle, when, really… she wanted to snuggle, pet and play with their gorgeous, sweet golden, Brandywine.  Her Aunt took her to the famous golden breeder in Princeton, NJ every now and then.  Mom wanted to hide and never leave the gaggle of goldens!  (Her hair color kind of matched!)  Her Aunt took her to the Westminster the year Brandy’s mate won his group.  As she got older and her cousins went off to college, she began dogsitting when her Aunt and Uncle traveled.  She was hooked on Goldens for life!

When Mom learned about rescue in college, she vowed that when the time was right to share her life with a K9, she would rescue.  Somehow, she had to reconcile that decision with her unbending desire to share her life with a golden retriever.

About 10 years ago now, she was in NYC with Mr. Fred and Rachel and met a golden on the street.  Of course she had to chat with the owner and pet the pup!  She learned that breed rescues existed.  Well, that took care of that.  Mom and Mr. Fred adopted Koko in February 2004 from Golden Rescue South Florida.  Here’s the story as told to Dog Fancy in August 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Take That BSL!

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Mom does this clicking thingie each morning to give 10 pieces of free Kibble to felines and K9s.  Yesterday, one of the answers linked to a story about a Pit Bull adopting a white lion cub rejected by her Mom after Jojo, the cub, had surgery.

For those who fear the vicious, white shark-like reputation of the Pitties… check these photos out.

Another great, Pit Bull education and caring day!

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Blog for the Change: Pyometra – Another Reason to Spay

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Um… if you do not mind, I’m going to have Mom take over today. The subject, well, I think a female would best handle it… I’m going to get some extra zzzzz’s. I’ll be back bright and shiny tomorrow morning for Mischief Monday.

Oh, sorry for the slow blog visiting the last few days; my Nana had a few falls and Mom put her attention on Nana. She knows you understand. Plus, we’ve had the usual “computer issues” again… (not complaining computer, we appreciate all you help us do…)

Thanks Jetty, pyometra almost killed your sister two months ago. For those who did not read about JJ and how Linda from 2browndawgs saved her life, read here.

Today, I want to share more of the science behind the term. Picture Pyometra like a human having appendicitis. The difference – Pyometra occurs in the uterus. Pyometra typically strikes adult unaltered females, however, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and rats also present with this diagnosis.

From Peteducation.com – Pyometra is a disease mainly of middle-aged female dogs that have not been spayed. … Pyometra follows a heat cycle in which fertilization did not occur. Typically, within two to four months after the cycle, the female starts showing signs of the disease.

The cause results from structural and hormonal changes in the uterine lining. While the condition can happen at ANY age, whether the female has bred or not, whether she has had one or however many heats, the potential rises as the female ages.

Symptoms:

  • Excessive thirst leading to excessive drinking and therefore urinating,
  • Low grade fever,
  • Lethargic,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • White fluid discharge,
  • Excessive licking of vaginal area,

What to do? GO TO A VET IMMEDIATELY if the all the symptoms present. JJ had what I thought was heat cycle too early; the other symptoms did not stand out to me.

Because I rescued Koko, my first K9, she arrived spayed.  Jet did as well, following adoption procedures.  As you may know, JJ, while adopted… arrived… oops… unaltered.  I had no frame of reference.  My purpose today is to spread the word, for those who may not know about this potentially deadly condition easily avoided by spaying.

As Jetty says, another great, reason to spay, day.Thanks to btc4animals for hosting the hop.

Can’t Believe We Forgot to Post This Earlier

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Mom and I share the blame for the late notification.  She put this item in our folder so we would not forget and guess what?  Yup…  Even when the formal events end… you can keep the theme going!

Anyway, as you may recall, handome/gorgeous black dogs/cats have a 40% less chance of adoptions.  We thought Back in Black was a really cool initiative, especially with the upcoming release of the Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones sequel, Men in Black 3.

Don’t you just LOVE the LOGO!

Hey Mom?  Where are my shades and tie?

Another great Back in Black day.

Wordless Wednesday: Million Dollar Mug

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Look at this face:

This is Red Tibetan Mastiff, Big Splash – price tag: 1.5 million dollars… Big Splash INDEED! (A Chinese coal baron purchased him.)

Uh Mom?  In relation to Big Splash, at $300 for my GRSF adoption, I was the bargain of the century!

Jetty, my word for you – priceless!

Another great priceless day.

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World Stray Day = Abby’s Gotcha Day

Hey It’s Jet Here.

In case you missed my post last week about World Stray Day, read this because we have some great news to share.

Miss Wendy:

sent in the following comment…

I was jumping for joy this weekend also – because my sis(ter) and bil (brother-in-law) adopted a lab mix puppy from their local shelter in MA yesterday. They had been planning it for several weeks as the puppy came from a rescue in TN. So we all were skyping and watching the sweet puppy, named Abby, play, nap, eat, run etc. I think we must have had 50 phone calls between us this weekend!! I’m so happy for them they have been very sad since their 17 year old dog passed a few months ago.

Here’s Abby, who can now enjoy a wonderful safe life in her forever home.  She’s a cutie pie!

Another great Gotcha day.

My First Blogspondent Assignment – Part II

Hey, It’s Jet Here.

Yesterday, Mom and I posted our first interview.  Thanks again to Ledy Vankavage, Senior Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society, for taking the time to educate us on such timely and important issues.

Back to the interview…

MOM:  Can you help us educate people on breed profiling/discrimination, since our legislation is up for a vote on MONDAY!

LV:  I recommend that people visit The National Canine Resource Council as a source of reliable information and in particular the Pit bull Placebo.     Pit Bulls are the new landsharks thanks in large part to the media. Pit Bull Misidentification: Did you know that Animal Control workers and police officers misidentify pit bulls 75% of the time?  We know this from DNA testing.

MOM:  Wow!  I (Mom) remember when Dobermans were considered vicious, child eaters, inbred to promote their aggressive aspects.   Then, the hype moved on to Shepherds, then to Rottweilers, now Pitbulls.  How do the power breeds segue from perceived landsharks to pets?

LV:  When people realize breed profiling does not work.  Of course, if a breed increases in popularity, more incidents will occur.  Any dog can bite or become aggressive.

MOM:  What approach would you prefer legislators to pursue?  

LV:  I favor Reckless Owner Ordinances.  This type of law punishes the human for inappropriate behavior and prohibits the person from owning an animal for a substantial amount of time after a conviction of abuse, neglect, etc…

MOM:  Since you worked with pet adoptions, on Jet’s behalf, I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on black pearls (black dogs). 

LV:  Of course.  You’re correct, black dogs have about a 40% lower adoption rate and if the black dog has a blocky head, forget it, they’re toast.  (meaning 90% lower adoption rate.) As you know, black dogs make wonderful pets, color discrimination has no scientific data behind it.

MOM:  Can I check in with you in a few months see what’s going on?

LV:  Sure, let’s hope we speak on Monday, when the Miami Dade breed ban hopefully fails…

MOM:  Thanks so much for taking the time to chat and all you do to protect those without a voice.

Another great, educational, newsy day.

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